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The 17th Trans Person Was Killed in Baltimore on Labor Day

Bailey Reeves

A transgender teen was murdered in a north Baltimore shooting on Labor Day.

Initial news reports did not reveal the name of the victim. But the Baltimore Police Department on Thursday morning confirmed the individual killed on Parkwood Avenue was 17-year-old Bailey Reeves, as previously reported by Out.

Police told Baltimore TV station WMAR the victim died leaving a party in the evening. Witnesses told reporters several individuals were spotted running away from the scene.

A 16-year-old neighbor, who was not named by the station, confirmed she heard shots and came outside to hear screams.

"We were in the kitchen, it was around 8 ... we were getting ready for dinner and we heard three shots," the neighbor said. "We heard a girl screaming 'My friend! Someone help my friend! Call 911!'"

“We saw her laying in the middle of the street in a pool of blood, it even traumatized me," the witness continued. "She was like a year older than me. I couldn’t even imagine if it was me and my friends."

Christine Ernest, another neighbor, told the news she heard the shots and saw five kids come running across her lawn.

“One fell and kind of escaped in this field ... and I came out and saw the individual laying in the street ... and she wasn't moving,” Ernest said.

Bailey was one of two individuals shot and killed in Baltimore on Labor Day.

She is at least the 17th trans person killed in the country this year. Nearly all have been women of color, including Reeves.  

Constant reports of violence against our community are difficult to read, especially as we continue to face historic rates. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach out to the Anti-Violence Project’s free bilingual (English/Spanish) national hotline at (212) 714-1141 or report online for support.

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